KANSAS CITY — It took 120 mins played out opposite 55 days, though West Virginia has now run a progression of waste to Kansas this season. There was a one a Mountaineers gave divided during home in January, a one they felt was taken divided during Allen Fieldhouse final month and a one Saturday night they felt they couldn’t do anything about.
“They shot a leather off a ball,” ensure Beetle Bolden said. “We rhythmical them as tough as we can. They only strike contested shots. Most of a time we did a good pursuit shutting out on them, though they only strike tough shots.”
No. 9 Kansas shot 56 percent in a game, 56 percent from 3-point operation and 72 percent in a second half and done some-more 3s opposite a Mountaineers than anyone else has in 12 years to improved No. 18 WVU 81-70 in a championship diversion of a Big 12 tournament.
“They’re going to kick everybody when they do that,” Mountaineers manager Bob Huggins said.
That’s apparent and also formidable for a group that prides itself on invulnerability to acknowledge as it mislaid this diversion for a third loyal year.
Now, there were exceptions, those occasions when a defender got idle and didn’t try tough adequate to stay above a shade and be tighten adequate to a shooter to keep him from rising and firing, or when a leap expostulate entered a paint and a second defender reacted to assistance though left a shooter open so he, too, could arise and fire.
“Sometimes you’re prone to assistance when we see a teammate get beat,” beginner Teddy Allen said.
But a Jayhawks finished 15-for-27 from 3-point operation — a many 3s opposite WVU given Villanova done 15 in 2006 — and did a garland of a repairs with a palm in their faces, with a defender shutting out tough and though many domain for error.
“I feel like we did a good pursuit tonight,” comparison Daxter Miles said. “I also feel like Kansas couldn’t miss. They did a good pursuit attack shots.”
Again, this is tough for a Mountaineers to confess, though they can’t equivocate a truth, either. Kansas done 9 of 12 shots in a final 10 mins of a game: 4-for-7 from 3-point operation and 5-or-5 from 2-point range.
“A loyal aspirant always gives adult props,” Miles said. “They deserved it. They couldn’t miss. we still feel good about my guys. We did a good job. We only had to get stops we couldn’t get since they couldn’t miss.”
Sophomore Malik Newman done 6 6s and had 20 points. He was named a event’s many superb player. Big 12 actor of a year Devonte’ Graham scored 16 of his 18 points after halftime and finished with a career-high 13 assists. Svi Mykhailiuk had 16 points and beginner Silvio De Sousa was a difference-maker in place of harmed Udoka Azubuike with 16 points on 8-for-8 sharpened and 10 rebounds.
“They’ve got a lot of guys who can make shots,” Huggins said. “I mean, let’s be honest. All those guys out there, if they weren’t McDonald’s All-Americans, it’s since they’re from another country. They’ve got good players, and a man can coach. He’s a gymnasium of celebrity coach. And we’ve got guys who play their tails off though aren’t as skilled, utterly frankly.”
Miles done 5 3s for a third loyal diversion and had 25 points. Jevon Carter had 17 points and 9 assists. They done a all-tournament group with Graham, Newman and Kansas State’s Makol Mawien. Sagaba Konate total 18 points.
The other 8 Mountaineers who played total for 10 points: Six from Allen, dual from Bolden and dual from Logan Routt. Esa Ahmad (26), Wesley Harris (16) and Lamont West (15) any played during slightest 15 mins and did not score.
“They’ve got some-more improved players,” Huggins said. “And they done shots. If they fire it a approach they’ve shot it in some other games this year, we win. But they didn’t. They shot a ruin out of it.”
They did, and generally when they had to. WVU done 7 of 9 shots to start a second half and pushed a one-point halftime lead to 8 points. Kansas afterwards scored 10 unanswered points. The Mountaineers responded with a 12-0 run, though Kansas scored 10 unanswered points before a Miles 3 and afterwards 7 unanswered points afterward.
“When they had a possibility to substantially widen themselves, we done a lot of good plays to get right behind in it, and we played about flawless for a many partial down a stretch,” Kansas manager Bill Self said.